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OpenMarket: November 2016

  • RealClear Radio Hour: Veterans Day Special

    November 14, 2016

    In honor of Veterans Day, this week’s show features interviews with World War II combat veterans, staff of the Collings Foundation, and reenactors at their 2016 Battle for the Airfield. Check out the podcasts on YouTube for scenes from the event.

    My first guest is Rob Collings, Executive Director and Chief Pilot of the Collings Foundation. Rob shares how his family’s foundation brings history to life for younger generations to experience. Passionate that World War II was “the pivotal event of the last millennium,” he has dedicated his life to preserving artifacts and sharing veterans’ legacies. 

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 14, 2016

    Veterans Day made it a short work week, but agencies still filled more than 1,300 Federal Register pages with rules ranging from trailer tires to water heaters.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 47 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 71 the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 35 minutes.
    • With 3,245 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,721 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
    • Last week, 1,357 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,704 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 79,380 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 91,033 pages. This would exceed the 2010 Federal Register’s all-time record adjusted page count...
  • Federal Register Hits 4th Highest Ever Count, Will Top 80,000 Pages Tuesday

    November 11, 2016

    Yesterday the Federal Register hit its fifth-highest count of 79,380 pages.

    Today is Veterans Day and the federal government is closed. But before bureaucrats commuted back to the suburbs, they managed to tee up the Monday, November 14 edition.

    It appeared this morning....

  • The Great Infrastructure Myth

    November 10, 2016

  • Free Market Opportunities for the Trump Administration

    November 10, 2016

    This election has given us one more demonstration that knowledge is dispersed and “trusting the experts” to know the future is foolish. The unexpected success of Donald Trump in the general election, however, has a lot of relevance for CEI’s policy work.

    Trade: The core element of Trump’s rhetoric is that free trade has...

  • Federal Register Hits 5th Highest Ever Count, Days from All-Time High

    November 10, 2016

    We’ve documented here throughout November that the Federal Register is steamrolling through 2016, Obama’s final year.

    This morning the Federal...

  • Worker Freedom Wins Big on Election Night

    November 9, 2016

    As I wrote over the summer, with the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, many feared that right-to-work laws “now in effect in 26 states are just one Democratic appointee away from extinction.”

    This gloomy forecast would strip millions of workers the right to...

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 8, 2016

    The Federal Register continued its record pace last week, with Friday’s edition alone having 1,177 pages. The 2016 incarnation is already the seventh-largest of all time, dating back to 1936. The new record may well be set in the next two weeks, especially if there is a midnight rush after...
  • Obamacare Policies Are Costly and Unpopular

    November 8, 2016

    Obamacare policies are unpopular, and people often dump them months later. That’s John Graham’s conclusion at the National Center for Policy Analysis’s Health Policy Blog. Taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year subsidizing policies on Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges, including an estimated $75 billion in subsidies for 2017. Yet the Obamacare exchanges are providing little lasting coverage:

    There is a significant discrepancy between the four million Obamacare beneficiaries estimated by the NHIS and estimates produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Congressional Budget Office, which estimate about 11 million...

  • RealClear Radio Hour: The Nanny State Down Under and the Robot Revolution

    November 7, 2016

    In this week’s episode, Topher Field discusses lifestyle regulation madness Down Under and Katherine Mangu-Ward ushers in the robot revolution.

    Opening the show is Topher Field, Australian commentator and filmmaker, who shares how the mythical frontier society transformed into the world’s biggest nanny state. Topher analyzes the effects of bureaucratization and overregulation of every aspect of life—from the gun buyback program and lockout laws failing to stop violence to the inadequacies of government health care, compensation for taxi cartels displaced by ride sharing apps, and food police scaremongering. He holds out hope for a coming revolution led by the rebellious Aussie youth, aware of the dangers of government overreach.



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